As you get older, your face naturally loses volume, a process that can cause your cheeks to sag and your skin to wrinkle and fold. If you want to slow the aging process without undergoing an invasive or risky cosmetic surgery, you may want to consider dermal filler injections. At Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery in Burke, Alexandria, and Reston, Virginia, the team proudly offers dermal filler injections, including Restylane® and Perlane®. Schedule your consultation today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
Anyone unhappy with a loss of facial volume as a result of the natural aging process can benefit from dermal filler injections. You might also benefit if you want to invest in facial contouring but don’t want to undergo cosmetic surgery, or you don’t want to spend a fortune on aesthetic procedures.
Over the years, your body stops producing as much collagen and elastin as it once did, two proteins responsible for keeping your skin firm, youthful, and supple. Dermal filler injections contain collagen or hyaluronic acid. Both substances add volume to and plump up your skin.
At Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, the team offers three different types of dermal filler injections:
The team offers two different brands of collagen injections, Zyplast® and Zyderm®. Before performing collagen dermal filler injections, your provider conducts a skin test to ensure you aren’t allergic. Although rare, approximately 4% of the population has adverse reactions to collagen. If you don’t react to the collagen, your provider administers a local anesthetic and administer a series of injections. On average, collagen injections last for between 2-4 months.
If you’re allergic to collagen or want an alternative filler, the team might recommend Restylane®. Restylane uses hyaluronic acid to add volume to your skin, a substance that naturally occurs in your body. On average, Restylane provides results that last for 12 months.
Perlane is in the same family as Restylane, but it’s thicker and contains lidocaine. Also known as Restylane Lyft®, the team typically recommends Perlane to address wrinkles around your mouth and nose. In some cases, it is used to plump the cheeks.
Treatment with injectable dermal fillers is safe and well-tolerated. However, like any cosmetic injectable, there are inherent risks. For example, if you have an allergic reaction, you might experience inflammation, bruising, or scarring. To lower your risk of any adverse effects, the team conducts a thorough review of your medical history and tests for allergies.
To determine the type of injectable dermal filler you’ll most benefit from, the team physically examines your cheeks, forehead, lips, and nose. They also review your medical history and ask you questions about your goals for aesthetic treatment. After taking all of this information into account, they develop a treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs.
Don’t let a loss of facial volume negatively impact your self-esteem. Make an appointment at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.